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This Week In Doctor Who - July 16, 2003

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  • Benjamin F. Elliott
    THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - July 16, 2003 by Benjamin F. Elliott Vol 6, No 29 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho
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      THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - July 16, 2003
      by Benjamin F. Elliott
      Vol 6, No 29

      It's been a big week for Doctor Who. First up, the late-breaking story that
      you probably haven't heard yet. BBV http://www.bbvonline.co.uk/ , makers of
      direct to video and CD sci-fi stories, has made a deal which will present
      some of their stories on TV in the USA for the first time ever. The stories
      may or may not have aired in the UK before. BBV has created the "Stranger"
      series (Colin Baker as a man of mystery who explores the Supernatural), the
      PROBE series (the further adventures of Elizabeth Shaw, formerly of UNIT),
      the Auton trilogy, and other stories. Here is the official press release
      from KTEH 54/KCAH 25 San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org/ , the
      station which has the deal with BBV:

      "KTEH (PBS, Silicon Valley) has managed to secure the rights to two BBV
      titles for a special evening in August.

      "The Airzone Solution and the first installment of the Auton trilogy will
      air on Sunday, 17 August, 2003 at 8:00pm and 9:30pm (PDT) respectively. This
      is rather a special night for Science Fiction and Doctor Who fans, and not
      just in the Silicon Valley - if the evening performs well in attracting
      enough interest in terms of membership, then KTEH will go forward with a
      contract to purchase nineteen of the BBV titles with an eye on distributing
      them to other public television stations in the US.

      "Anyone can call in a pledge of support for the programs at 1-800-225-5454
      on the night. A selection of BBV products will be available as thank-you
      gifts, as will the KTEH DVD of interviews with Patrick Troughton, Jon
      Pertwee and Tom Baker."

      Here's hoping for the best for KTEH's experiment. It'd be fun if these
      stories could find their way onto television in the US (and the rest of the
      world, frankly). This Week In Doctor Who will include the schedule info on
      BBV broadcasts when and where they occur.

      In other news, RICHARD E. GRANT is the NINTH DOCTOR!!!

      BBCi http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho/ announced that Richard E. Grant
      would be the new Doctor in an official story coming out for Doctor Who's
      40th anniversary just hours after last week's column went out. "The Scream
      Of The Shalka" will feature the 9th Doctor years after his regeneration,
      settled into his new incarnation. This is an official story and a very
      official BBC accredited Doctor. SFX magazine has a description of the 9th
      Doctor as "impatient, a bit angry with humans, but caring and passionate,
      bitingly witty, vulnerable, brittle, and a bit of a snob". His new companion
      will be called Alison Cheneym (Sophie Okoendo), a companion in the same
      sense as Grace Holloway in the TV Movie and Spandrell in The Deadly
      Assassin. In a first for Doctor Who, the story will be fully animated to DVD
      quality standards, with animation done by the Cosgrove Hall company
      (Dangermouse, Count Duckula). Paul Cornell wrote the story for BBCi. As of
      this time, it will air as a webcast on BBCi's Doctor Who website. If the
      reaction is good, there could be more. Paul Cornell describes the story as a
      beginning, not an end. Lots of details at the BBC website, Outpost Gallifrey
      http://www.gallifreyone.com/ , and Richard E. Grant's website
      http://www.richard-e-grant.com/ . You may remember Mr. Grant's performace as
      the 10th Doctor (lick the mirror handsome) in the charity special The Curse
      Of Fatal Death, which is not considered official.

      American Who http://www.americanwho.net/ will feature an interview with Paul
      Cornell in this week's edition answering questions about "The Scream Of The
      Shalka". Direct link at
      http://www.interstellartransmissions.com/who/71503.mp3 .

      UK Gold http://www.ukgold.tv/ has a poll on their website to help determine
      which stories will air during their 2 day 40th anniversary Who marathon on
      22+23 November. If you want to vote, and you have software blocking pop up
      ads on your computer, you will need to disable it long enough for the poll
      to appear.

      And a happy anniversary to Doctor Who fandom in Australia. Doctor Who
      premiered in Australia on 16 July 1965.

      On Monday July 13, 1998, This Week In Doctor Who published its first edition
      to the rec.arts.drwho newsgroup on Usenet. I thought that Doctor Who fans
      might like to know which stations were airing Who stories and what's been
      broadcast. And I'd been searching for something like it online for 2 years,
      so I decided to take a stab myself. The inspiration came while watching
      Maryland Public TV airing An Unearthly Child in episode format, which
      appropriately enough they are doing again next month. It had two immediate
      reactions - high praise that someone was trying to gather all this
      information, and boy had I made a lot of mistakes with that first edition!
      Within a week the column was being carried on Siobahn Morgan's Nitro-9
      website http://nitro9.earth.uni.edu/doctor/homepage.html (perhaps the oldest
      and most loved Doctor Who site on the web), Outpost Gallifrey
      http://www.gallifreyone.com/ , and the Alliance Newsletter, which galvanized
      online fandom in the late 1990s. And it took off from there. The Yahoo Group
      many of you get This Week from today
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho/ didn't begin till April
      of 2001, when the column was close to 3 years old. Longtime readers have
      seen the column improve and grow over time, have seen the moods shift from
      optimistic to neutral to pessimistic and back again over the years.
      Hopefully you had a good time.

      As Doctor Who's 40th anniversary approaches, This Week In Doctor Who has no
      plans to go away. I think the 40th anniversary will be bigger than the 35th
      anniversary of the series. Let's find out.

      And lest I forget the other sites who graciously host this column:
      http://www.wolvesoffenric.freeserve.co.uk/ - UK based site
      http://www.varos.net/drwho/ - your guide to Australian fandom, and the best
      resource when Doctor Who returns to Australian TV (I'm certain it will -

      While I try to keep the column up to date, I do sometimes miss late changes
      to schedules. If you see TWIDW's information getting out of synch with what
      your local station is actually airing, let me know ASAP.

      Additions and corrections are welcome at
      thisweekindoctorwho-owner@yahoogroups.com , bfelliott@... ,
      bfelliott3 on AOL IM, or thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. And now, the listings:


      BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho/
      "Shada" - new 6 episode version of Douglas Adams' TV story. Paul McGann as
      the 8th Doctor. The 3rd story produced for BBCi.
      "Real Time" - the 6th Doctor battles the Cybermen in this illustrated audio
      story first produced in 2002. The 2nd story produced for BBCi.
      And Coming In November ...
      "The Scream Of The Shalka" - Richard E. Grant as the 9th Doctor in a
      fully-animated story for the 40th Anniversary. The 4th story produced for
      BBCi, and the first one to have full animation instead of illustrations.

      American Who http://www.americanwho.net/
      This Week - Paul Cornell gives Joey Reynolds 20 minutes and discusses some
      details of the upcoming 9th Doctor story on BBCi this November. Also,
      Charles Martin tries to clarify and calm the fears involved when new
      chapters in one's favorite saga comes along. Remember when we heard about
      new Star Wars films and new Star Trek shows? The future of Doctor Who on the
      next American Who.
      http://www.interstellartransmissions.com/who/7403.mp3 - Arnold T. Blumberg
      An interview with Arnold T. Blumberg, co-author of "Howe's Transcendental
      Toybox", a guide to Doctor Who merchandise over the decades.

      Business Talk Radio Network http://www.businesstalkradio.net/
      Late Sun/Early Mon 2-6AM EDT (11PM-3AM PDT, 7-11AM BST, 4-8PM AEST ) "Sci-Fi
      Overdrive" http://www.scifioverdrive.com/ station list on the scifioverdrive
      http://www.businesstalkradio.net/weekday_host/Archives/sfo.shtml - archives
      in MP3 format
      Live audio link at Business Talk website - requires Windows Media Player.
      National sci-fi radio talk show, sometimes with Doctor Who content. Easiest
      to hear in timezones outside the USA. Hour 1 - Sci-Fi News etc. Hour 2 -
      Scott Grissom. 3 - More Scott Grissom. Hour 4 - Ray Bradbury (encore



      UK Gold http://www.ukgold.tv/ http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
      Sat 7:15-9AM BST "Underworld" movie
      The quest for a race bank to let a sychophantic race continue to exist.
      Thrill as the bad guys fight heroically to keep these imbeciles from having
      the chance to breed. Boo as the 4th Doctor finds a brilliant way to save the
      day. Memo to the Time Lords - try to make all the peoples' of the universe
      like you, and they'll just walk all over you.
      Sat 11PM-1:55AM, Sun 6:25-9AM BST "The Invasion Of Time" movie
      The 4th Doctor becomes President of Gallifrey, setting off a chain of
      mystery and mayhem that could tear the oldest civilization apart.

      UK Gold + 1
      Late Sat Mid-2:55AM BST "The Invasion Of Time" movie


      TELE 5 Poland http://www.tele5.pl/
      Weekdays 7PM CET
      The 12th series (Robot through Revenge Of The Cybermen) is currently airing
      dubbed in Polish, apparently in order. Their TV listings are still unusable
      for people who don't read Polish, and I doubt they're much better for people
      who do speak Polish.


      BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
      Weeknights 2 episodes Midnight + 4AM EDT (9PM + 1AM PDT)
      Saturday/Sunday complete stories Midnight + 3:30AM EDT (9PM + 12:30AM PDT)
      Wed "Underworld" pts 1+2 of 4
      Thu "Underworld" pts 3+4 of 4
      See UK Gold for details.
      Fri "The Invasion Of Time" pts 1+2 of 6
      See UK Gold for details.
      Sat "The Horns Of Nimon" all 4 pts
      An artificial black hole nearly destroys the TARDIS, bringing the 4th
      Doctor, Romana, and K9 into the story of a dying civilization that is
      sacrificing children for the promise of power.
      Sun "The Leisure Hive" all 4 pts
      K9's old voice (John Leeson) returns for the new season, as the 4th Doctor
      and Romana continue their quest for a relaxing vacation. On the way, they
      get involved in murder, junk science, and dark secrets on the planet
      Argolis, where the sterile Argolins run a hive of leisure to teach peace to
      civilizations who still have a chance to live.
      Mon "The Invasion Of Time" pts 3+4 of 6
      Tue "The Invasion Of Time" pts 5+6 of 6
      See UK Gold for details.

      Channel numbers in brackets ( ) indicate a digital station that is not on
      the air. All stations currently airing Doctor Who that do not have digital
      transmitters on the air have received wavers from the FCC giving them till
      November 1, 2003 to go on the air. Low power stations do not currently have
      digital assignments.

      NHPTV New Hampshire http://www.nhptv.org
      analog 11,49,52
      digital 57-2,48-2,49-2 - simulcast currently ends before Doctor Who starts
      Boston DirecTV Local 11,955
      Boston Dish Local 11,8781
      Sat 11PM EDT "Robot" pt 1 of 4
      The 4th Doctor (Tom Baker) barely has time to recover from his regeneration
      before U*N*I*T needs him to investigate a series of deaths, destruction, and
      theft of vital military secrets.

      WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
      analog 24,59
      digital 25-1
      Sun 5:30PM EDT "The Ark In Space" pt 4 of 4
      The Wirrn decide to wipe out the waking humans so that they can feast on the
      rest of humanity, who still sleep away.

      WSKG Binghamton, NY http://www.wskg.com
      analog 46
      digital (42) - coming September 2003
      Sat 11:30PM EDT "The Seeds Of Doom" pt 6 of 6
      The Krynoid prepares to give birth and launch kids that will ravage the

      WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
      analog 35
      digital 34-1
      Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
      Philadelphia Dish Local 35,8162
      Sat 11PM EDT "Castrovalva" pts 1+2 of 4
      Peter Davison begins his tenure as the 5th Doctor with a regeneration
      crisis - it didn't take. The TARDIS crew tries to help the Doctor recover
      his equillibrium as the Master continues his efforts to destroy the Doctor
      once and for all.

      MPT Maryland http://www.mpt.org
      analog 22,67,28,31,62,36
      digital 42,(29),(62),(44),(28),(56) - simulcast of analog begins in 2003?
      DC/Hagerstown & Baltimore DirecTV Local 22,980
      Late Sat Mid EDT "The Trial Of A Time Lord" movie, pt 2 of 4 (Mindwarp)
      The 6th Doctor is appalled as the trial footage shows him behaving
      increasingly out of control, with Peri's life possibly in danger. Did the
      Doctor save the universe from the scientific discovery of the Mentors? If he
      didn't, who did? Nabil Shaban returns as Sil. Coming August 9th - the
      William Hartnell stories in episode format.

      WCET Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org
      analog 48
      digital 34-2
      Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
      Cincinnati Dish Local 48,8356
      Sat 11PM EDT "Timelash" 4 pt version, pts 1+2
      In a sequel to a story never made, the 6th Doctor and Peri find themselves
      as pawns in a game run by the oppressive dictator of a world the Doctor has
      helped before. Can the Doctor defeat - the Borad?

      WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
      analog 12
      digital (9)
      Sat 11:40PM CDT "Nightmare Of Eden" pt 3 of 4
      Romana learns the truth about Eden, while the Mandrills get more and more
      aggressive, and the Vraxoin drug incapacitates more people.

      IPTV Iowa http://www.sffn.com http://www.iptv.org
      analog 11,12,21,24,27,32,32,36,36
      digital 50,(45),(25),(18),(28),(33),(35),(35),(34) - simulcast of analog
      begins in 2003?
      Des Moines DirecTV Local 11,474
      Des Moines Dish Local 11,9116
      Cedar Rapids Dish Local 12,9161
      Omaha, NE Dish Local 32,9146
      Sat 11:35PM CDT "The Hand Of Fear" pts 1+2 of 4
      The 4th Doctor suspects Sarah's mind has been taken over by a fossilized
      hand discovered in a gravel quarry that looked suspiciously like many alien
      planets he had visited. The Doctor's suspicions grow when she single
      handedly invades and takes over a nuclear power plant. She's learned some
      skills from the Doctor but that's a trifle ridiculous.

      KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX http://www.kera.org
      analog 13,44
      digital 14-1
      Dallas DirecTV Local 13,889
      Dallas Dish Local 13,8406
      Late Fri 12:30AM CDT "Warriors Of The Deep" movie
      The 5th Doctor gets another chance to bring peace between the species of
      Earth when the Silurians and the Sea Devils resurface in the year 2084.
      Alas, the Silurians and Sea Devils have different ideas.

      KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org
      analog 12,32
      digital (38)
      Denver DirecTV Local 12,910
      Denver Dish Local 12,8211
      No episodes this week. Doctor Who returns late Friday July 25.

      KUED/KUES-DT Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT http://www.kued.org
      analog 7 (and 80+ translators all over Utah)
      digital 42-1,19-1
      Salt Lake City DirecTV Local 7,982
      Salt Lake City Dish Local 7,8536
      Sat 11:30PM MDT "Logopolis" pt 2 of 4
      The Master's machinations put the TARDIS at risk and introduces the TARDIS
      crew to Tegan Jovanka.

      KBTC/KCKA/K65BU Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA http://www.kbtc.org
      analog 28,15,65
      digital 27-1,(19)
      Seattle DirecTV Local 12,910
      Seattle Dish Local 28,8620
      Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT "An Unearthly Child - An Unearthly Child" ep 1
      of 4
      Sat 7:30PM, Late Sat 1AM PDT "An Unearthly Child - The Cave Of Skulls" ep 2
      of 4
      Sat 8PM PDT "An Unearthly Child - The Forest Of Fear" ep 3 of 4
      Sat 8:30PM PDT "An Unearthly Child - The Firemaker" ep 4 of 4
      The very first Doctor Who story, also known as "The Tribe Of Gum" or "100000
      B.C.". Two schoolteachers investigate the home life of a very strange pupil
      of theirs, bumbling into a realm beyond their understanding, a machine that
      can travel in time and space. Can they survive the unknown?

      KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org
      analog 54,25
      digital (50),(58)
      San Francisco DirecTV Local 54,903
      Monterey Dish Local 25,9190
      Coming August 17th at 8PM PDT ...
      BBV Comes to US TV with the first known American TV broadcasts
      "The Airzone Solution" - starring Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker, and Peter
      "Auton" - starring, well, it's kinda obvious

      Thanks for reading for the first 5 years. Welcome to the next 5 years. Until
      next week, take care.

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